Presentation Details

The Second International Conference on the Future of the Book

The The Future of the Book: Perspectives on the use of Books in Higher Education when considering the Emphases on Development of e-Learning Materials by Academics and the Increased use of Virtual Learning Environments

Robert J. McClelland, Nick Hawkins.

The paper will examine the problems, tensions, contrasts and complementarities surrounding the use of books in developing learning environments for students in higher education. It will provide a range of perspectives on the current and possible future use of books in such environments. Liverpool John Moores University, with twenty two thousand students, has adopted Blackboard as its Virtual Learning Environment. The Faculty of Business and Law is perhaps one of the most advanced Faculties in its use of e-learning resources in the UK (with several Masters programmes fully supported). One of the key issues in provision for students is complementing those resources provided with books (as a range of media types). The Faculty is well positioned in the national debate surrounding such issues, it was recently cited in the Lambert Review of Business-University Collaboration, as playing an important role in resource-supported learning and e-learning and having a particularly innovative initiative in it's Master of Enterprise Programme. Staffs in the faculty, as the architects of learning environments for students have employed a range of approaches for supporting students with books ranging from wraparound texts (authored by academic staff) to the provision of electronic books (in conjunction with publishers). The positive and negative aspects of such initiatives will be examined.


Robert J. McClelland  (United Kingdom)
Reader in Educational Technology
Schools of Business Information and Management
Liverpool John Moores University

Bob is Head of the Masters in Enterprise Programme and the Market Research Technologies Group/Centre in the Business Information School at Liverpool JMU. In addition he supervises several research students (three PhD.) He is involved with a number of research and development initiatives in teaching and learning, innovation and technology, pioneering open, distance and web-based learning support environments for students.

Nick Hawkins  (United Kingdom)

  • e-learning
  • resources
  • Higher Education
Person as Subject
  • McClelland Hawkins

(30 min. Conference Paper, English)